Judge Your Company Carefully

Reflecting on the problems the two presidential candidates are having with their “religious” friends.
by Jim Fair | Source: Catholic.net
If you have been reading the newspaper or listening to broadcast news recently, you probably have come across various commentaries about the problems the two presidential candidates are having with their “religious” friends.

One candidate got into hot water for having a couple clerics who were overly enthusiastic about calling people racists.  The other candidate got into warm water for befriending a preacher with a record of being less than fond of Catholics.

This, of course, has led to absolutely acrobatic explanations of how a candidate could know a minister for a couple decades, listen to him preach on a regular basis and as a result have no idea of what he stands for.  Or…hey, the minister may be a nut, but I can’t help it if he endorses me.

And in the wake of this, the media analysis is starting to suggest that maybe politicians shouldn’t count clergy among their supporters, advisors or acquaintances.  I disagree.

It seems to me that if there is any group of people badly in need of spiritual direction, it is politicians.  The issue is to choose wisely when picking your friends – of whatever variety.

Choose a whacky, racist, nut case for an advisor and the politician will likely be poorly served.

Choose an advisor who is charitable, patriotic and exhibits some common sense and the politician likely will be well-served.

This really isn’t terribly complicated.  But it does require some common sense and that could be what many of our politicians are lacking.

The older I get the more I remember the trite sayings my grandma used to spout.  As a youngster, I thought they were silly.  I was wrong.

She would often say, “You are judged by the company you keep.”

She was right.

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